15 Mar 15th March 2019
Police officers who used a baton launcher and Taser on an armed man in Troon were justified to use such measures an independent report has concluded.
The incident was reviewed by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner, which is standard procedure when a Taser or baton round is used.
Officers were called to North Shore Road in Troon at around 7am on Saturday 2 June, 2018 following reports from the public about a man with a knife behaving in an erratic manner.
Local officers attended along with armed police officers who attempted to negotiate with the man.
As the man’s behaviour became more erratic and concerning, armed police officers discharged a baton round in an effort to stop the man harming himself, however his unpredictable behaviour continued and Taser was discharged to allow officers to detain the man for his own safety, as well as their own and the wider public.
Chief Superintendent Matt Richards, Head of Specialist Services said: “I welcome the PIRC findings, and see it as further evidence of the professional and measured response our armed officers show on a regular basis. Any action they take will be carefully considered and the use of force will be a last resort and only when absolutely necessary. The professional and effective response to this volatile situation has ensured that the man involved did not come to any harm and any threat to the public was minimised.
“When faced with unpredictable situations like this, armed officers will always consider or utilise other options before using their specialist equipment, and the safety of the public and those involved will always be our priority when responding to such incidents.” … See MoreSee Less
“If pubs and nightclubs allowed their clientele to behave the way football clubs do then they would be closed down until they got their act together. It is at the stage now where we need to say: ‘You need to get this sorted out because it is absolutely outrageous’.
“Why do you think that people should be able to behave like animals and indulge in criminal behaviour in a football environment and think it is okay? It is not okay.
“There needs to be a much stronger line on it. The clubs need to take a financial hit on it, but, I’m sorry, I don’t think there’s a price you can put on decency in society.
“There are a multitude of ways that clubs can get better at this and take it forward. There doesn’t seem to be a willingness to actually do that. The reality is if they don’t do it somebody is going to intervene and legislate. Words are cheap. Let’s have some actions from the clubs.”
The Scottish Police Benevolent Fund is delighted to announce that following assistance provided by the fund to another worthy cause and member of the Police family, we have enabled a budding sports star of the future to live his dream.
Eythan Galloway (13), son of serving Police Officer and dog handler Ryan, suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy but has never let that get in his way, taking part in sport and wishing to represent his own country.
Eythan was already performing to a high standard in the new upcoming sport of Powerchair Football, but was restricted in progressing further, as the financial cost of obtaining the latest state of the art equipment to play at top level, was out of reach of the family.
Following a successful application to the SPBF, we were able to assist in securing the latest powered sports wheelchair from the USA and this has allowed Eythan to go from strength to strength and develop his natural talent for the sport further.
Eythan’s hard work and determination has ultimately paid off and we were delighted to hear that he was selected to try out for the National Squad in May last year.
Eythan clearly impressed the coaches and went on to be selected to play for Scotland in the first ever Scottish Powerchair Football game which took place in Largs in December 2018. Not only that, but Eythan whilst earning his first cap for Scotland went on to score the first ever goal for Scotland that day!
Since then Eythan has gone from strength to strength, travelling to Leeds in February this year where once again he was selected to play in the Duncan Scales Memorial Cup where the team came a credible second in the tournament.
The family are immensely proud of their budding star and are currently waiting to hear if Eythan will be one of 6 Scottish players selected to travel to Belfast in May 2019 for the first International competition against Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland national squads. Good luck Eythan!
Eythan’s family have expressed their sincere thanks for the support the SPBF has given them over the years and surely we will see much more of him in a Scotland jersey as he hones those skills further.
The SPBF will be watching with keen interest and wish Eythan and all the players of the Scottish Powerchair Football Team all the very best in their future endeavours and becoming a top class international team.
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